Former Routt County resident LaVerne Babcock died May 24, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 76.

LaVerne Lucille Goeddel was born April 12, 1927, in St. Louis. At the age of 7, LaVerne moved with her mother and younger brother to the small coal mining communities of Pinnacle and White City on the outskirts of Oak Creek. The family later moved to Oak Creek.

During her senior year of high school, LaVerne met and married Clarence Babcock, a sailor. He drove her to school daily until he left on a seven-month overseas tour of duty, during which time LaVerne lived with her in-laws in Phippsburg. Upon Clarence's discharge the couple moved to a location along the banks of Trout Creek.

The couple later purchased a farm above the creek, and they lived there for more than 22 years and raised seven children.

In 1968 the family sold the farm and moved to Oak Creek, where they lived for 10 years until Clarence retired from the coal mines after more than 38 years of employment. The couple decided to build a home in Paonia, where they lived for 17 years. The couple spent the last eight years at their Grand Junction residence.

LaVerne loved to cook, particularly for a crowd. She also loved to crotchet and embroider. She was never one to complain. Everyday was a good day to LaVerne, and she was always there to lift up those around her in difficult times. She had a heart for God and loved her husband and all their children and families.

LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; a son, James Preston Babcock and two great grandchildren.

She is survived by Clarence, her husband of 58 years; four sons, Clarence Babcock of Windsor, Tim Babcock of Taylorsville, Ga., Don Babcock of Hayden and Bill Babcock of Oak Creek; two daughters, Barbara Ahrens of Grand Junction and Debbie Townsley of Andrews, Texas; two sisters, Helen Alvarez of Park City, Utah, and Donna Perich of New York; 24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held May 30, 2003, at the Oak Creek Cemetery.


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